As the end of federal pandemic relief puts many Americans and businesses under mounting financial pressure, bankruptcies have seen a sharp rise in the fourth quarter of 2022. According to new data, the number of bankruptcy declarations among EU businesses was the highest since 2015, increasing by 26.8% compared with the previous quarter. The sectors with the largest increases in the number of bankruptcies compared with the fourth quarter of 2019 were accommodation and food services (+97.7%) and transportation and storage (+85.7%). All sectors registered increases in the number of bankruptcies in the fourth quarter of 2022 compared to the previous quarter, with transportation and storage (+72.2%), accommodation and food services (+39.4%) and education, health and social activities (+29.5%) registering the highest increases. With rising interest rates and high inflation continuing to stress household budgets, business registrations slightly decreased by 0.2% in the fourth quarter of 2022 compared with the previous quarter. However, business registrations levels in all four quarters of 2022 were still higher than during the pre-COVID pandemic period 2015-2019.
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